EVM purchase project to be placed in next ECNEC meeting
Planning Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal said the project of Election Commission (EC) to purchase and use Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) in the national parliament election is going to be placed in the next meeting of Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC).
He said this while replying to a question of newsmen at the NEC conference room at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar in the capital after holding the ECNEC meeting on Tuesday.
Most of the political parties including BNP have expressed immense objection against EVM use in the national election. EC Secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed informed about the plan of using EVM on August 28 at the commission office Nirbachan Bhaban in the capital.
The EC Secretary said, EC will use EVM in one third constituencies in the national parliament election if everything is okay including reformation of electoral act and opinion of political parties. It will cost about three and half thousand crore taka to purchase the machines. Proposal was sent to planning ministry for approval in this regard.
According to EC source, recently EC has sent a project proposal to the planning commission titled ‘Purchase, preserve and use of EVM with a view to enhance more transparency in election management’ with a cost of 3 thousand 821 crore taka. The aim of the project is to make the voting process transparent, errorless, credible and dependent on modern technology. Increase credibility for publishing election results through 1 lakh 50 thousand EVMs in election process.
While replying to a question the Planning Minister said, Election Commission has sent project to us for using EVM. It will be placed in the next ECNEC meeting. We will approve the project.
Replying to another question Mustafa Kamal said, the money which will be approved for EVM will not be given at a time. It will be given phase by phase.
The minister said, we hope that the RPO will be revised. EVM will be used in national election even for experimental basis. But it depends on EC. It will happen the way they want.
How the EVM project is going to be placed in ECNEC meeting without verifying any survey Mustafa Kamal said, it needs no survey verification. EC earlier used EVM in election. Now EC has wanted money. We will approve the project.